In a horrific incident, a giant humpback whale broke and crushed a tourist boat in Mexico, injuring four passengers. The terrifying moment was captured on camera and shared on Twitter. It depicts the huge whale leaping out of the water and landing on a boat, in Ahome’s Topolobampo Bay in the Gulf of California.
The clip shows the large mammal leaping into the air to perform one of its signature acrobatic jumps. However, instead of landing back in the water, the whale crashed into the back of the small boat during its descent. As a result, the boat appears to nearly capsize, but remains afloat.
Watch the video below:
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According to news.com.au, two men and two women traveling aboard the tourist boat were injured and taken to hospital. A woman broke a leg, while one of the men suffered rib fractures and a head injury.
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BrujitaMerak, who posted the video, also shared a photo of the boat after the incident. The images show that the roof of the boat has completely collapsed and the railings have been destroyed.
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Authorities blamed the boat operator for getting too close to the animal. According to the media, Omar Mendoza Silva, the civil defense coordinator in Ahome, believes that the whale felt threatened by the proximity of the ship that ventured near the mammal, despite the port authority ordering the captains keep a considerable distance from the whales.
Individual, news week reported that after the terrifying incident, the mayor of Ahome, Gerardo Vargas, stated that the tourists “shouldn’t get too close to the whales”. “We can admire their beauty, but from a distance, carefully,” he added.
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Meanwhile, it should be mentioned that humpback whales can weigh from 55,000 pounds to 66,000 pounds. Topolobampo Bay is a popular area for whale watching. And especially at this time of year, the Pacific gray humpback whales are in these waters to breed.
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